LAST THURSDAY the Daily Mail decided things were looking grim again for President Clinton. Under the headline "Could this boy bring down the President?" the Mail ran a picture of Danny Williams, the son of a prostitute allegedly fathered by Clinton. On Friday the Mail declared there was an "uncanny likeness" between Clinton and the boy. According to the Mail, people used to look at Danny in Arkansas shops and say: "That must be Bill Clinton's boy." Well, as we now know, they were wrong. The DNA tests cleared Clinton, and yesterday a downbeat Mail reported a White House spokesman saying that if Danny looks like the President, "I'm a space alien".
IT WAS good to see ITN - in their coverage of the forthcoming royal wedding - go for a long period to the OK! picture editor, who said how wonderful Sophie was and what a great asset for the royals. And they ought to know, because the PR company that Sophie works for has OK! as a client.
CHARLIE WHELAN has not stopped spinning, whatever his present job situation. He was still telling journalists last week that Gordon Brown will be the next prime minister of Britain, and more important, that he would be that prime minister's press spokesman. One doubts that Alastair Campbell ever dreams of a job in a Brown administration, but all too easy to imagine Whelan dreaming of the day he asks Campbell to clear his desk.
BBC 1 CONTROLLER Peter Salmon has been making excuses for his channel's fall in ratings on Christmas Day, compared with last year. Turns out we are all getting so many videos under the tree on Christmas morning - and watching them straightaway - that it affects conventional television ratings. The main culprit this year was Titanic - Salmon estimates that 3.5m copies of the video appeared in stockings this year.
Perhaps the BBC thinks that there should be a new rule - you can only watch your Christmas videos when there is another repeat on the telly.
THE NATIONAL Magazine Company boss, Terry Mansfield, famously blows a gasket when any of his editors gets poached. He recently attacked Emap for stealing Fiona McIntosh from Company to be editor of Elle. Now rumour has it that IPC is trying to hire Mandi Norwood, editor of Nat Mags' Cosmopolitan, to edit its deadly rival, Marie Claire.